Thursday, June 10

I Hope You Drown.

So David sent me his favorite wiki article "Most Unusual Deaths" I picked my favorites from the last century & included some comments. I added this picture because i think these two most likely drowned immediately after this picture was taken. If you'd like to read the article it's actually really interesting read it HERE.

1995: A 14 year old girl, Ryan Bielby, fell 25 feet to her death while trying to exchange seats with a friend on the roller coaster the Timber Wolf at Kansas City's Worlds of Fun amusement park. (How shocking... 14 you say?)

1916: Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic, was reportedly poisoned while dining with a political enemy, shot in the head, shot three more times, bludgeoned, and then thrown into a frozen river. When his body washed ashore, an autopsy showed the cause of death to be hypothermia. However, there is now some doubt about the credibility of this account. Another account said that he was poisoned, shot, and stabbed, at which time he got up and ran off - and was later found to have drowned in a frozen river. (So REALLY he was engorged with genital warts and died from shock.)

1814: London Beer Flood, 9 people were killed when 323,000 imperial gallons (1 468 000 L) of beer in the Meux and Company Brewery burst out of their vats and gushed into the streets. (Can you imagine calling into work the next day after having been in that? "my entire body was submerged in beer all of yesterday, i almost drowned" a lot of people likely lost their jobs that next day)

1862: Jim Creighton, baseball player, died when he swung a bat too hard and ruptured his bladder. (You would have thought he'd know his way around a bat at that point)

1983: American author Tennessee Williams died when he choked on an eye drop bottle cap in his room at the Hotel Elysee in New York. He would routinely place the cap in his mouth, lean back, and place his eye drops in each eye. Williams' lack of gag response may have been due to the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse, and it is highly likely that Williams was high when the cap ended up in his throat as drugs and alcohol were found in his room and inside his body. There is speculation that he committed suicide or was murdered (even his brother Walter Dakin alleged this), but nothing has been conclusively proven. (This one i actually had never heard and I'm a pretty big Tennessee Williams fan)

1927: Isadora Duncan, dancer, died of a broken neck when one of the long scarves she was known for caught on the wheel of a car in which she was a passenger. (Puts away all scarves)

1981: Jeff Dailey, a 19-year-old gamer, became the first known person to die while playing video games. After achieving a score of 16,660 in the arcade game Berzerk, he succumbed to a massive heart attack. A year later, an 18-year-old gamer died after achieving high scores in the same game (& this is BEFORE W.O.W)

1987: Franco Brun, a 22-year-old prisoner at Toronto East Detention Center, in Toronto, Ontario, died after attempting to swallow and choking on a 6.35 cm. (2.5 inches) by 10 cm. (4 inches) by 1.27 centimetres (half an inch) Gideon's Bible. Brun reportedly had mental deficiencies and as such, the coroner did not label his death as suicide, believing that "the swallowing of the Bible to him was some form of symbolism or allegory as though he was trying to purge himself of the devil by consuming religion". He was only serving a 15-day sentence (Imagine the all consuming christian guilt that drives a man who was imprisoned after having too many parking violations, to physically eat the word of God.)

1974: Deborah Gail Stone, 18, an employee at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, was crushed to death between a moving wall and a stationary wall inside of the revolving America Sings attraction (...I loved that ride)

1978: Kurt Gödel, the Austrian/American mathematician, died of starvation when his wife was hospitalized. Gödel suffered from extreme paranoia and refused to eat food prepared by anyone else. He was 65 pounds (approx. 30 kg) when he died. His death certificate reported that he died of "malnutrition and inanition caused by personality disturbance" in Princeton Hospital on January 14, 1978. (Could you imagine his poor wife coming home to see that drama queen huddled in a corner? All thin and shivering like the anorexic Olsen twin? She was probably PISSED that he didn't even bother to come to the hospital to visit her.)

1947: The Collyer Brothers, extreme cases of compulsive hoarders, were found dead in their home in New York. The younger brother, Langley, died by falling victim to a booby trap he had set up, causing a mountain of objects, books, and newspapers to fall on him crushing him to death. His blind brother, Homer, who had depended on Langley for care, died of starvation some days later. (Who was he setting that booby trap for? Prowlers looking for piles of rotting old shit collected by deranged old men? That cat he bought months ago, given that his corpse wasn't hidden under that unfinished crossword from 1910?)

1974: Christine Chubbuck, an American television news reporter, committed suicide during a live broadcast on 15 July. At 9:38 am, 8 minutes into her talk show, on WXLT-TV in Sarasota, Florida, she drew out a revolver and shot herself in the head. (Ballsy. You are woman. Hear you roar.)

1982: Vic Morrow, actor, was decapitated by a helicopter blade during filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Two child actors, Myca Dinh Le (who was decapitated) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (who was crushed), also died. (I like that the child actors were a side note.)

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